Sunday, May 24, 2015

Weekend TTM Roundup: 5/18-5/23


Received On: 05/18/2015

First up is Rockies prospect Correlle Prime.
Prime was drafted by the Colorado Rockies in the 12th round of the 2012 MLB Player Draft. Prior to 2014 he was primarily a first baseman who hit for pretty consistent contact and had some nice power (in small sample sizes that is).
In 2014 he made his full season debut and had a pretty darn good year, seen by some as a breakout season. Posting a 134 wRC+ and hitting for a .352 BABIP in 552 plate appearances. He also flashed some power by hitting for a .228 ISO and swatting 21 HRs, and he was only 20 in 2014. Going forward many seem him being able to grow more power (and abuse the hitter friendly confines of Coors) and turn into a platoon guy at first base. His strikeout rate is a bit a concern and will need to improve for him to continue to climb the ladder up.

Received On: 05/18/2015


Here's a return from Mets righty Scarlyn Reyes.
Reyes was signed as a non-drafted free agent by the New York Mets in 2013. Because he was older than most international prospects, he only spent a few months in the DSL (and dominated the level) before coming stateside in 2014.
Armed with a fastball that's been said to reach 97 on occasion, a curveball and a change up, most see Reyes' future to be a reliever in the big leagues. However for the most part he's been primarily used as a starter. Most of his outings as a starter for the Savannah Sand Gnats have been so-so.

Received On: 05/18/2015

Here we have Reds righty Sal Romano.
Salvatore Romano was drafted by the Cincinnati Reds in the 23rd round of the 2011 MLB Player Draft. Since being drafted the righty has been primarily used as a starter although many tend to see him as a reliever (some have compared him to Jonathan Broxton which isn't the worst thing to be compared to I suppose). Armed with a mid 90 mph fastball, a curveball and change up, the key to Romano remaining a starter or being moved to the bullpen will most likely depend on his ability to hone his breaking pitches. His curveball is said to be average but his change up is a work in progress.

Received On: 05/18/2015

Here is D-Backs backstop Jose Queliz.
Queliz was signed as a non-drafted free agent by the Arizona Diamondbacks in 2012. He's since gone on to be a fringe prospect for the D-Backs. Offensively he's been sort of bad to meh. Although he did hit for the cycle once. Defensively is where Queliz makes most of his money. He's a pretty good defender behind the plate who has gunned down would be base stealers at a 43% rate during his career thus far. If he could improve a bit offensively he could be a backup catcher in the big leagues, especially for the D-Backs who aren't exactly oozing with catching depth.

Received On: 05/18/2015

Here's another Mets righty, Josh Prevost.
Prevost was drafted by the New York Mets in the 5th round of the 2014 MLB Player Draft. A two way giant in high school (he also played basketball), Prevost is equipped with a low-90 mph fastball, slider and change up and although he was used as a reliever in 2014 for the Cyclones, he's currently being used as a starter. Although the win-loss record may say otherwise, Prevost has been pretty good as a starter in 6 outing this season only walking hitters at a 1.66 BB/9 rate. Of course you'd like to see his strikeout rate improve a tad more but due to his height (6'8) he appears to have command issues to sort out.

Received On: 05/19/2015

Here's another 2015 Bowman first timer, Trevor Gott.
Gott was drafted by the San Diego Padres in the 6th round of the 2013 MLB Player Draft. He was traded to the Angels in the Houston Street trade and became one of their top 20 prospects. His main weapon is a fastball that appears to be thrown in the mid-90's and he also has a curveball and a change up. He's a right handed reliever who projects to zip through the system pretty quickly (which he has as he's already in double-A) and could even be a closer in the future.

Received On: 5/21/2015

Here are a couple of returns from Dodgers righty John Richy.
John Minoru Richy was drafted by the Los Angeles Dodgers in the third round of the 2014 MLB Player Draft. Armed with a good fastball, good curveball, average change up, slider/cutter, and a HoF-caliber mustache (although it's been shaved off unfortunately) he projects to be a very serviceable back end of the rotation starter (a number four starter for a pretty good rotation). Although it's tough to tell from the small sample size he looks to be a starter who doesn't allow too many home runs and eats innings, lots of them.
If all else fails he could be a pretty nice piece in the Dodgers bullpen of the future.


This return was especially awesome because John took the time to write back a note, and not just that but he's actually half Japanese! I guess you can add him to the growing list of Dodgers prospects I'm keeping an eye on (that'll bring me up to 6, more than any other non-Yankees system!). And in case you're wondering the other five are Jose De Leon, Alex Verdugo, Takumi Numata, Julio Urias and Clayton Kershaw.

Received On: 05/21/2015

Following that was a return from White Sox farmhand James Dykstra.
James Dykstra was drafted by the Chicago White Sox in the sixth round of the 2013 MLB Player Draft. As a starter he's been pretty good in his pro career so far. Armed with what is said to be a very good fastball/changeup combination and a great curveball to boot, Dykstra's projected to be a very serviceable innings eater in the big leagues. He's more a ground ball pitcher who rarely ever walks anybody (he's walking people at a minuscule 2.5% to start this season) and could be an absolute steal for the White Sox down the road. After all, he threw a no-hitter back in April. Oh and he's also the brother of Allen Dykstra, former first rounder and current Tampa Bay Ray.

Received On: 05/22/2015

Here's a pretty nice name, at least if you're more into guys on the cusp of the big leagues.
Jose Valdez was signed as a non-drafted free agent by the Detroit Tigers in 2009. The righty is equipped with a fastball that can reach 97-98 mph and a very good slider and profiles to be a very serviceable reliever in the big leagues. The key with him be his command issues. In 2014 he managed to reduce his walks-per-nine which is a pretty good sign. This season he's off to a slow start (both an ERA and FIP above 5) but he could still potentially be a key piece in the Tigers bullpen soon.

Received On: 05/22/2015

Here's another Met (a Met who I didn't see in Brooklyn last year or the year before at that).
Paul Sewald was drafted by the New York Mets in the 10th round of the 2012 MLB Player Draft. Armed with a fastball in the low 90mph range, a change up and a slider, Sewald's key to success is his ability to command his pitches and pinpoint where he wants his pitches to go. He gets a decent number of strikeouts and rarely ever walks hitters. He was a reliever in college and the Mets have used him exclusively as a reliever in the minors as well. For the most part he's been a pretty effective middle infielder and he could be up in Queens sooner rather than later.

Received On: 05/23/2015

Here's a return from Frank Schwindel on what was apparently a retail only green refractor.
Schwindel was drafted by the Kansas City Royals in the 18th round of the 2013 MLB Player Draft. Schwindel is a catcher (and occasionally a first baseman) who has been described as pretty solid. Many in the Royals organization seem to like him due to his work ethic and good makeup. As a player he's been pretty good in small sample sizes. Hitting for a fairly good BABIP and hitting for a fair amount of power as well.

Received On: 05/23/2015

And last but certainly not least are a pair of returns from D.J. Baxendale.
Baxendale was drafted by the Minnesota Twins in the 10th round of the 2012 MLB Player Draft. Armed with a fastball, curveball and change up, Baxendale appeared to be a nice get for Minnesota in 2013 when he lit the world on fire in high-A by pitching to a 2.70 FIP (1.10 ERA) in 57.1 innings. He got promoted to double-A where he was less effective, but still showed promise. Then 2014 happened and Baxendale's progress slowed and even regressed as he pitched his way back down to high-A. This season Baxendale is back in double-A and off the show the Twins org that there is something still left in the righty. If all goes well he could be a very good reliever for the Twins in the future.

And those were my returns this week. Big thanks to Mr. Prime, Reyes, Romano, Queliz, Prevost, Gott, Richy, Dykstra, Valdez, Sewald, Schwindel, and Baxendale for the awesome autographs.

And as always thank you (the readers), for stopping by. Take care :).

2015 TTM Count: 118

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